BE­HIND THE SCENES

Willem van der Berg is a reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tor. For this spe­cial is­sue, he ex­plored the Boteti River, Nxai Pan, Moremi and Chobe.

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The wildest place you vis­ited? Def­i­nitely the area around Magotho Camp on the Kh­wai River in Moremi Game Re­serve. Also, the land­scape I got lost in when I tried to drive a cir­cu­lar route in Chobe Na­tional Park along tracks I re­ally shouldn’t have driven on my own. (See page 68.)

Were you ner­vous? Yes, at the first water cross­ing near Mababe and at ev­ery one of the 15 cross­ings that fol­lowed. I held my breath ev­ery time the nose of my Isuzu dis­ap­peared into the dark water.

In Nxai Pan Na­tional Park, roar­ing lions made my tent feel pa­per thin (page 55), but I think I was most ner­vous in the hair salon be­hind the Shell in Letl­hakane (pic­tured here). Nigel the hair­dresser took an hour and a half to tame my hair!

Were you ever afraid? I was cer­tainly more aware of every­thing that could go wrong be­cause I was trav­el­ling alone. I was most afraid on my last night at Linyanti. I was afraid I’d never see the sun­set I’d just wit­nessed again.

If you could go back, which tree would you pitch your tent un­der? I’d go straight back to the camel thorn trees at Magotho in Moremi.

Fol­low Willem’s trav­els on In­sta­gram: @ wilcoberg

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